Suppliers of illegal firearms responsible for their future use
The unprovoked shooting death of a teenager in Adelaide in 2012 led to a campaign for stricter firearms laws that has resulted in the passage of the Statutes Amendment (Firearms Offences) Act 2015 (SA) by the South Australian parliament. The new Act is due to come into operation some time in 2016.
The background to the new Act were the events of New Year's Eve 2012. Liam Humbles, aged 17, attended a party in Adelaide and became heavily intoxicated on a combination of alcohol and methylamphetamine. He fought with a friend over a drug sale and left the party in an agitated state and carrying a loaded .22 calibre semi-automatic handgun he had unlawfully obtained from Charles Cullen, his 20-year-old drug dealer.